Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 27, 2017 San Francisco District Court Judge William Orrick III who issued a TRO against the DOJ from banning funds to sanctuary cities is a political hack whosec politicization of the judiciary when it was revealed he has bundled over $200,000 to Obama’s campaign and should have recused himself (judiciary will lose all respect when judges allow their ideology to replace the rule of law); Trump announced that Canada, Mexico and the United States have agreed to renegotiate NAFTA; while the left continues to support legal assistance to illegal aliens, DHS head Kelly announced the formation of the Victims of Immigration Criminal Enforcement to assist victims of crimes by illegal aliens and to better track them when in custody (about time we start protecting Americans first); in yet another example of the delusional nature of the UN, it is advancing the absurd notion that repealing Obamacare is a violation of international law (time to scale back our contribution to equal that of China and use the savings to build the wall; we now know that Obama has a new title, Hypocrite in Chief, for accepting $400,000 from a Wall Street investment banking firm Cantor and Fitzgerald to speak at the firm’s health care conference even though he spent two terms castigating Wall Street bankers; on the man versus machine front a highly intoxicated man in cooling his heels in Mountain View, CA after knocking over a 300 pound robot, a Knightscope 5 patrolling a mall parking lot (other than a few paint scratches robot has returned to duty in one piece); almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through April 25 increasing to 1020 and the death toll increasing to 176 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to TLC, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Gerald Ford, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Poem in Your Pocket Day—celebrating on this day of National Poetry Month the putting a poem in your pocket and sharing it with others as the world needs more poets and fewer lawyers; the observance was initiated by the Office of Mayor in 2002 in conjunction with the Departments of Education and Cultural Affairs.
2. Matanzas Mule Day—commemorating the bombardment by the U.S. Navy of a small Cuban village Matanzas which after expending a large number of shells managed to kill only one living soul, a mule who was buried by the Spaniards with full military honors.
3. 1999 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1999 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “No Scrubs” by TLC. Here is a recording of TLC performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrLequ6dUdM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “noyade” which means water boarding on steroids by executing by drowning, a means used in the 18th Century by the French.
5. Pioneer Playwright—celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of Frederick August Kittel, Jr. better known to his fans as August Wilson, a prolific award winning playwright born to a black mother and German immigrant father whose pen was taken away from him by liver cancer at the age of 60.
On this day in:
a. 1667 John Milton, blind and impoverished, sold the copyright to that tormentor of English majors, Paradise Lost, for £ 15.
b. 1861 Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
c. 1936 the United Auto Workers split from the American Federation of Labor.
d. 1945 Benito Mussolini and his mistress were captured in the Northern Italian Town of Dongo trying to flee to Switzerland; they were executed the next day and their bodies hung up by their feet and displayed in the public square.
e. 1974 in a beginning of the end of the Nixon Presidency, 10,000 persons marched in Washington, D.C. demanding the impeachment of Richard Nixon who resigned in the same year on August 9, the only president to have resigned from office.
Reflections on Watergate by one who sacrificed his reelection chances to try to heal the country by pardoning Nixon: “The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.” Gerald R. Ford Fortunately for the Reds that lesson was not learned by the HRC campaign. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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